Carlton’s West Ham teammates will do anything to stop him leaving.
At the eleventh hour today the Mill will pause to remember those heroic men and women who died to preserve our freedom to rumour for a living. Just think, we wouldn’t be able to report that Rafael Benítez has managed to extract a commitment from the American carpetbaggers to fund the January purchase of Carlton Cole. Being English, Cole is, of course, biologically incapable of falling opportunistically in the box when an opponent executes a good, honest, totally inaccurate lunge that demands evasive action, but Benítez still reckons he’d more valuable than David Ngog. (Guardian)
Imagine my surprise when I saw news of this reported interest in West Ham striker Carlton Cole, I can only assume other fellow Liverpool fans were as shocked by this speculation and am left wondering if there is a modicum of truth to it all.
The former Chelsea man has started to shine after his stuttering career finally took off when he swapped west for east London. The towering England international used to be derided as a hustle and bustle merchant and was rather unfairly compared to Emile Heskey on an off day. Now his whole hearted displays have become to bear fruit and Carlton has shown that he is no clodhopper and is able to play with the ball on the deck and can indeed score some terrific goals. He has managed 37 Premier League games he has managed 16 goals, not bad considering he doesn’t get much service and tends to have to assist his own strikes. He also knows how to net against the big boys, just this season he has netted against Tottenham, Arsenal and of course against us back in September.
Goalscoring was clearly the one facet of his game that he needed to hone and now he is finding the back of the net with gleeful regularity, so much so that one wonders if West Ham can really afford to allow him to leave, even if they do desperately need the cash, as to do so would essentially mean that Gianfranco Zola will have no one left to score goals.
Cole showed how well he can pair up with a speedy nippy partner when he was partnered with Craig Bellamy to great effect. The 25 year old would be a good addition to the Anfield squad, if not a spectacular one an affordable one.